On my one computer that has KDE 4 installed (fully updated, I might add), I decided to reinstall in the hopes that some quirky behaviors I was experiencing (and unable to get help on here in the forum) might be resolved. I had originally installed KDE 4.3.x, and kept it fully updated since that initial installation. Still, figuring there were some conflicting settings from all the updates over the years, I figured a reinstall might help.
Soooo ... I made a new Live USB, and reinstalled PCLinuxOS 2012.12 (that was a whole other story in itself). Once I had it reinstalled, the very first thing I did was apply updates. KDE was upgraded to 4.9.5. In the middle of the update to 4.9.5, plasma-desktop crashed, and it took out my panel. So, I rebuilt my panel (right click on the desktop, unlock widgets, Add Panel > Default Panel) and tweaked it to look like the originally installed panel. In the process of losing and recreating my panel, net_applet disappeared and now won't come back.
Running net_applet from a terminal, it reports that net_applet is already running, but it's nowhere to be found. I also tried net_applet --force and net_applet --force --auto. Using pkill to stop net_applet and then reissuing the net_applet command also yielded no better results.
Does anyone have any idea of how to get my net_applet icon back? It's not visible anywhere on the desktop, and definitely not in the system tray, where it traditionally resides.
Help! And TIA!